Reflections on the Revolution in America

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America’s Extreme Make-over

These are exciting though scary revolutionary times, akin to the constant acrimony in the fourth-century BC polis, mid-nineteenth century revolutionary Europe, or — perhaps in a geriatric replay — the 1960s. This is an era when the fundamental assumptions of the individual and the state are now being redefined, albeit in a weird, high-tech, globalized landscape.

Radical But Well Off

A word of caution: we are not talking about hoi polloi versus hoi oligoi, or the commune on the barricades fighting the estate owners. No, not this time around.

Instead, the present attempt to remake America is the effort of the liberal well-to-do — highly educated at mostly private universities, nursed on three decades of postmodern education, either with inherited wealth or earning top salaries, lifestyles of privilege indistinguishable from those they decry as selfish, and immune from the dictates they impose on others.

Such are basically the profiles of the Obama cabinet and sub-cabinet, the pillars of liberalism in the Congress and state legislatures, the public intellectuals in the universities and foundations, the arts crowd, and the Hollywood elite. Let us be clear about that.

The Distant Poor

They are all battling on behalf of “them,” the poorer half of America, currently in need of some sort of housing, education, food, or legal subsidy, whom the above mentioned elite, in the way they live, send their children to school, socialize, and vacation so studiously avoid.  (The New York Times owners are likely to follow the cut-throat business practices of Wall Street, live in the most refined areas of New York, and assume privileges indistinguishable from other CEOs; the difference is that they so visibly care about those they never see or seek out).

Note well the term “poor.” These are not Dickensian or Joads poor, but largely Americans who by the standards of the 1940s would be considered lucky. Partly because of globalized Chinese consumer goods, and partly redistributive practices of a half-century, our current “underclass” has access to clothes, electronics, entertainment, apartments, cell phones, transportation, etc., undreamed of by the middle class of the recent past. I live in one of the poorest areas of one of the poorest counties in a bankrupt state; and those I see poor are not like those I saw 40 years ago in the same locale.

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  • Thunder

    Say YES to Obama Healthcare – IF Congress and WH gets the same.
    Or- give to everybody what Congress and WH has. And why not?

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/The_Inquisitor The_Inquisitor

    "… the liberal well-to-do — highly educated at mostly private universities, nursed on three decades of postmodern education, either with inherited wealth or earning top salaries, lifestyles of privilege indistinguishable from those they decry as selfish, and immune from the dictates they impose on others."

    In other words the ruling class. Let's face it they are the ruling class; the rest of us are the servant class.

    • Jim C.

      What about the Republicans they all went to school with? What about all the guys who shipped our jobs overseas? They "servant class?"

      • http://intensedebate.com/people/The_Inquisitor The_Inquisitor

        "What about the Republicans they all went to school with?"

        What about them?

        "What about all the guys who shipped our jobs overseas?"

        And made my shopping less expensive. I love 'em.

        • Jim C.

          What a maroon. Pretending to be upset about a "ruling class" that he's actually 100% on board with.

          Yeah, the country's in great shape, isn't it? Great job–thanks.

          • Democracy First

            It was Democrat policies that bankrupted the country – like forcing banks to extend hundreds of billions – trillions? – in mortgages sure to go bad. And then making even more room for bad mortgages to force on the banks by having Fannie and Freddie buy up those already given out.

            Did you know Obama was one of ACORN's key lawyers when they won a lawsuit against Citibank, making them comply with these CRA regulations? So he inherited a mess of his own making. Talk about poetic justice.

            Once having made the mess, bailing out his and Democrat Wall Street friends – it's a myth that they're Republicans – was necessary, to save the whole financial system. But the stimulus was a colossal waste that only makes matters worse. yeah, I know about the left wing studies saying otherwise. Europe, which couldn't afford such stimulus because of prior debt, is coming out the recession no less well than the US. And Canada, which spent per capita a fraction as much stimulus is doing better than everyone else.

        • Dave

          Hey jackass, it was Clinton that gave China Most Favored Trade Status. Thus the floodgates opened for manufacturing leave this country. Clinton also repealed the Glass Steagall act. This act kept the banks and their investment houses seperate. MANY economists at the time that these actions would spell economic doom. Well look here, less than 8 years later the wheels came off.

      • mim

        Who says they were all or even mostly Republicans? You need to check out who has actually been running companies.

      • http://intensedebate.com/people/Rifleman Rifleman

        Those jobs were run overseas by our own lefties, through high taxes, onerous regulations, unions and econazis. Parasites shouldn't kill their host then complain it's dead.

  • Bruce C. Meyer

    The main argument for federal funding of higher education is to subsidize the emergence of a cohort of leaders. The main point is to have leaders. The leaders are the educated ones. But (exaspeation) almost anyone who wants to can be a member of this class, as a result. I dare say that almost all of the readers of this column are either members of this liberal elite, so called, or else have siblings who are, or children who are, or want to be themselves. The only thing keeping them back are the accidents of their personal lives. We've got ELITISM FOR EVERYBODY. This is also called "representative democratic federalism."

  • PrudentMan

    This explains why Wall Street, managed mainly by privileged top executives, is liberal/left in their politics; the same politics they receive large fees and commissions from the public debt they peddle. They live in their compounds, invest in tax shelters and tax-free bonds (see the Kennedy, Rockefeller families) and use the tax-advantage Foundations (see Bill Gates and Warren Buffett) to support redistribution other peoples wealth via taxes.

    The major Foundations always wanted to bring the under-class up and the middle-class down while they remain at the top without competition. Laws and regulations preserve their positions. Their membership in the media, Trilateral Commission and Council of Foreign Relations gives them intellectual cover with their collectivist agenda. When these One World Government advocates understand the reality that they will not be in charge but in prison as the thugs will be calling the shots not the effete when they ruin this country. China, Russia, Venezuela, et al are going to be lead by these pansies?

    • Jim C.

      Wow, so Wall Street is "liberal/left," now?

      I see how it works: Wall Street are considered the "bad guys," these days, therefore they must be "liberal/left." But when the good times are rolling and we're flush, they're the ultimate free marketeers, champs of the American Way. I think I get it.

      Sprinkle in some "Tri-lateral Commission" for tinfoil advocates everywhere.

      • Democracy First

        Wall Street is left wing Democrat – it is not, contrary to myth, Republican. Hence, why there are so many Wall Streeters in the Obama admin, who so conveniently bailed out their friends. hence why Wall Street contributes more to Democrat coffers than Republican.

  • USMCSniper

    Progressives believe in these Global UN Rights not in the Constitution of The United States: Everyone, as a member of society, has the right to social security and is entitled to realization, through national effort and international co-operation and in accordance with the organization and resources of each State.

    Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control. Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. Elementary education shall be compulsory. Technical and professional education shall be made generally available and higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit.

    Which gives rise tothe question… Ahhhh…. errrr.. hmmmm…. paid for and provided for by who?

    • Jim C.

      You and me, chief. Just like Europe, where they enjoy a higher standard of living in almost every single way. Better education (ALL public, including college). Better access to heath care. They take care of each other. They don't say "I got mine."

      You'll no doubt bring up that they've been living under our defense umbrella for 50 years. Well, time to fold that puppy up.

      • http://intensedebate.com/people/Rifleman Rifleman

        Lol, that rich. Our poor have a higher standard of living than the euro middle class, and much more upward mobility. They can't walk into a hospital and get an MRI and a heart bypass that day, like I can. I'll keep my freedom, thank you.

        They take such good care of each other we had to go over there and save their *sses twice in the last century, and we pay more for their defence than they do. It's still cheaper than having to go over there and save their cans again. Yea, putin would love for us to come home.

  • MKS

    What "Progressives" and "Liberals" Tell:

    We'll tell you how much your product should cost. We'll tell you how much your labor is worth. We'll tell you how much insurance you should buy. We'll tell you how much you will put aside for old age and sickness. We'll tell you how much carbon you may emit. We'll tell you what speech is offensive. We'll tell you what property must be forfeited for the public benefit. We'll tell you what is equal, and what is fair, and what you must do to keep it that way.

    Because we care.

    • mim

      And we'll tell yo9u when its yiour turn to die because we cannot afford to keep you around anymore and we feel no compassion or care whatsoever when it comes to keeping health care costs down so we can spread it around.l

    • ribeve

      and what light bulbs you can use, if your allowed to go to McDonalds , Hell I'll bet these
      control freaks will out law twinkies. Although . . . ?

  • THE EXPERT

    This bill will bankrupt the nation (faster as we are already 3/4 of the way there)

  • THE EXPERT

    Jim C. on what planet does Europe have a higher standard of living? That is simply false.

  • Dave

    I keep hearing of these statements about "how great Europe is" If it soooo wonderful, MOVE!!!
    To get the real picture, read While Europe Slept. By Bruce Bawer,
    Oh, and he is a gay liberal who moved to Europe with his partner to embrace the "greatness" of Europe. He was back in less than 2 years in fear of his safety and the future of his country of birth.

  • Thunder

    WE ALL WANT THEIR HEALTH CARE!!! -We want the same healthcare as our Congress has!!!
    YES!!! But nothing else! Those arrogant bestArds always exclude themselves from the manure they spread on us.

  • 9-11 Infidel

    The useful idiot marxists want to turn our system into the same failed system as Europe
    has. High taxes, apartment living, hurry-up-and-wait health care. A little history is in order, while Europe was divided between serfs and nobles, we were building a Republic. The only class struggle that exists in this country is the divide between those who pay taxes and those who foolishly spend it.